Free Programs & Workshops


  • you are between the ages of 14-29
  • you are a student
  • you are facing mental health issues
  • you have a disability or have special needs
  • you are a newcomer
  • you are a LGBTQA+
  • you are a visible minority
  • you are aboriginal (ie. First Nation, Metis or Inuit)
  • you are facing financial hardship
  • if the barrier you face is not listed here contact us to see if you are eligible.





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12 Week Art Workshop


Our 12 week art workshop is the foundation of A.R.T. In Action. Participants learn various art-forms while having a safe space to explore their creativity and express themselves. Although we form partnerships with various organizations and community spaces to host our workshops, they remain open for drop-ins.


Below is a list of subjects that can or may be incorporated into the twelve weeks.

  • Natural Dyes and Paints
  • T-shirt design
  • Upcycled/Repurposed Art
  • Clay Sculpture
  • Basic woodwork and wood burning
  • Stencilling & Design
  • Mural Design
  • Synesthesia Art & Art Therapy
  • Yoga & Painting
  • Expressive Dance
  • Painting & Mixed Media
  • Photography
  • Film-making
  • Jewelry making
  • Fashion Design & Fabric Art
  • Sewing: Hand-stitching, Free Motion, Embroidery
  • Urban Graffiti Art & Skateboarding
  • Hip-Hop Dance & DJing
  • Entrepreneurship & E-Commerce



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Satellite Program

Every year we travel to a minimum of one location outside of the Ottawa area. As of 2015, we have agreed to a long-term partnership with the Hamlet of Arviat, Nunavut. We are always open to bringing A.R.T. In Action to new locations that are in need of programming such as ours.